Thursday, March 21, 2013

If Woodside enter the sand dunes through the Monsoonal Vine Thickets they will be acting out side the law

Woodside's proposed drilling regime in the Songline and Monsoonal Vine Thickets. Note that the line pen lines are the tracks that Woodside illegally carved into the dunes, uncovering bones, driving through middens and other cultural significant places. go to to see how Woodside have already damaged sites.
 Because the Federal Government has just listed the Monsoonal Vine Thickets, located on the coastal sand dunes of Dampier Peninsula as threatened ecological communities, Woodside is required by law to refer their planned works in the sand dunes to the Feds because of this Listing. 

Until Tony Burke makes a decision on the SAR, Woodside can not touch a leaf within the Thicket and approval for these destructive works needs to be obtained. 
This is how much Monsoonal Vine thicket will be destroyed with Woodside get their way.
Woodside's planned drilling program in the proposed southern pipeline, within weeks.
In addition to this a Native Vegetation Clearing Permit (as stated in their Development Assessment approval) needs to be obtained from the Department of Environment and Conservation. Again, with this Listing, DEC will have great difficulty granting this. To date neither of these approvals have been obtained or applied for. Woodside can not undertake any work that may impact on the Vine Thickets' threatened ecological community.                                   Carving several 5 to 8 metres tracks through the largest Monsoonal Vine Thicket community on the peninsula at James Price Point, and numerous bore and investigation holes will undoubtedly have a massive impact on this endangered ecological community. 
Woodside's proposed southern pipeline
However,this cunning corporation could approach this proposed drilling program in the dunes by sea as they have stated in earlier planning documents. Woodside has referred to the conditions in the intertidal region being unsuitable for the safe operation of a jack up barge. Therefore, they state that another type of rig will need to be used instead. This could be either an amphibious vehicle, beachlanding craft, or a land based drill rig (truck), depending on the suitability of access to the test sites, in the sand dune system. If an amphibious vehicle or beach landing craft is used it is likely to be towed or transported to location on a barge. Alternatively the amphibious vehicle/beach landing craft could be driven to location and deployed from the landward side. If a land based drill rig (truck) is used it will be driven to the test sites via the tracks through the heart of the Thickets themselves.

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